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Will corn be a viable option for backgrounders this fall?

As fall approaches, many beef producers are making plans for weaning this year's calf crop. With record high calf prices, many calves will be marketed without being weaned or preconditioned. FULL STORY »

Tumbling livestock quotes led ag commodites lower Wednesday

Crop tour results again weighed on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields is yielding some very high forecasts for the fall harvest, thereby exerting fresh downward pressure upon new-crop corn and soy futures. FULL STORY »

Kan. veterinarians get soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge

Staff at a rural veterinary practice in central Kansas have joined the ranks of politicians, celebrities and everyday Americans who are getting soaked in ice water in the name of charity. FULL STORY »

Boxers or Briefs? Underwear buried to demonstrate unhealthy soil

Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority

States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

Foodservice operations need to understand meat expiration dates

Recent global media reports speak of “rotten” or “tainted” meat being used in overseas meat processing and foodservice operations. Was the meat really spoiled or did it get handled in a manner that was acceptable but that wasn’t conveyed to employees or end users? FULL STORY »

Glimpse into global demands; future of livestock

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest since the 1950s, the beef supply is low while demand remains strong. This is pushing cattle prices to record highs. Ag economists Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University and Lee Schultz of Iowa State University predicted strong prices through the next three years. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall calving preperation Play video

Glenn Selk offers some tips for the fall calving season. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures led most ag markets lower Wednesday morning

Crop tour results continue weighing on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields is yielding some very high forecasts for the fall harvest, thereby exerting fresh downward pressure upon new-crop corn and soy futures. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Profitable opportunities found locally Play video

Bart Beattie and herdsman Dave Schledewitz, Sumner, Neb., find profitable opportunities by partnering with a local feedyard on the two-way street of producing better beef. FULL STORY »

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